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Oberst Josef Rauch

Postby Charles Steiner on 03 Jan 2005 21:21

Hello,

I am new here and already looking for some info :? . I a searching for some biographical info on the commander of Panzergrenadier Regiment 192, Oberst Josef Rauch. Many, many thanks in advance.

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Postby Samuel Mitcham on 04 Jan 2005 03:36

Rauch.

Born Feb 27, 1902. Entered the service as a volunteer in the 7th Engineer Bn, 1919 (12 year enlistment). Discharged as a sergeant, 1931. (Often Reichsheer soldiers were not allowed to reenlist.) Rejoined the army as a 1st Lieutenant, 1935. Named commander, 4th Company, 84th Mountain Engineer Battalion, Jan. 1, 1939. Commander 2 Co., 268th Engineer Bn when the war broke out, 1 Sep 1939. Later commander, 8th Engineer Replacement Bn (1940); 27th Eng Bn (1940-42); 110th Panzer Grenadier Regiment (1942-Jan 1943); and 192nd Panzer Grenadier Regiment (1943-44). Attended the Division Commanders' Course, Nov-Dec 1944. Commander, 18th Panzer Grenadier Division, Jan. 1, 1945-end of the war. Surrendered to the Russians and remained a POW until 1955. Retired to Landsberg. Died Aug. 14, 1984. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, 1942; colonel, April 1, 1944; and major general, April 20, 1945 (Hitler's last birthday). A very capable commander, as he proved in Normandy and the retreat across France, as a member of the 21st Panzer Division.

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Postby waldorf on 04 Jan 2005 05:12

Dr. Mitcham,

I was curious just how popular the name "Rauch" is in Germany i. e. is it like Smith in the U.S.? The reason I'm asking is my grandfather's last name is Rauch and I know he had family left in Germany when his ancestors came over.

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Postby Charles Steiner on 04 Jan 2005 17:51

Thans a lot, Dr. Micham : that's the intel I was looking for... Anyone gotta pic of him?

About the name, I don't know whether he was really frequent in Germany, but checking through the awards sections I came across this name for a few times and not only as the name of Josef Rauch. My guess it was rather a frequent family name as is Smith in the US.

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Postby waldorf on 04 Jan 2005 22:53

thanks for your answer Charles. After asking the question I just did a quick search of the internet and came across a number of Rauch's in the U.S. alone.

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